Program duration: 6 years
Program volume: 360 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit equals to 30hours)
The language of the program is English.
American MD (USMD) program is designed to train internationally competitive and competent, highly qualified physicians (Doctors) who are ready for postgraduate education and the specific training courses, both in Georgia and abroad (particularly in the U.S.). The medical cadres are prepared according to the requirements and standards of the country medical/public health care system.
Therefore, the program must:
• Provide a modern, internationally recognized standards, scientific knowledge and technological advancement of medical education;
• The future doctors should develop life-long learning skills and self-motivation;
• Ensure that medical personnel preparation and training using new information technologies;
• Ensure that the medical education meets the requirements and standards of the national healthcare system;
The program provides students with the wide range of opportunities. Custom curriculum allows students pass 2 steps of the United States Licensure Examination (USMLE) before graduation. In addition, students are able to gain research and practical experience in the U.S. during certain stages of their education. The program boasts of basic medical, preclinical and clinical disciplines that are fully integrated. In addition, the beginning of the program is focused on expansion of students’ horizon of general education. For this purpose, for the first time, in the area of medical education, there are subjects taught, such as: history of civilizations, anthropology, history of art, world literature, etc. All these disciplines are integrated into the so-called "Time axis" in mind. Preclinical subjects, such as chemistry, biology and physics are taught in depth with thematic integration.
With the onset of the program starts a new discipline, "Become a doctor," which provides general development of clinical skills and critical clinical thinking skills using visits in outpatient clinics and hospitals.
In addition, the training process uses the evidence-based medical practices, high-tech laboratories, simulators, the demonstration of the cases with the active participation of the patient and the doctors’ multidisciplinary team.
Educational program includes:
Stages, modules and cycles. Has two main stages: Premedical and medical milestones.
Premedical stage (duration 2 years), the main goal is to give students a fundamental education in the sciences, such as biology, physics, chemistry, give the awareness of the Humanities, such as Anthropology, Art History, History of civilizations, World literature, Psychology, Communication skills, etc.
Medical stage (Duration of 4 years). Fully integrated and consists of 4 phases. More information about the 4 phases find in the program. https://tsmu.edu/tsmu12/tsmuadmin/media/fakul/US%20MD%20Program%20Overview.1.pdf
Academic calendar changes from year to year. 2017-2018 academic calendar is available here: https://tsmu.edu/tsmu12/tsmuadmin/media/usmd/akad_kal_emg.pdf
Admission procedure includes the following steps:
An applicant submits all necessary documents along with the application fee payment receipt or an applicant submits all necessary documents translated and notarized along with the recognition fee payment receipt paid directly to the National Centre for Educational Quality Enhancement (EQE)
University prepares all documents in order to send it to the EQE for recognition purposes which is the basis of the enrollment. This procedures takes approx. 14 business days.
When the recognition document is issued by the EQE, Ministry of Education and Science start the enrollment procedures which takes approx. 7 business days. After this procedure, Minister of Education and Science issues the decree on enrollment which will be sent to the University.
When University gets decree on enrollment and the recognition document, University prepares contract for students which is signed by the both parties. According to the contract terms and conditions, student must pay the tuition fee before the end of registration period and send the signed version of the contract back to the University.
Once the contract is signed and tuition fee is paid, University issues the decree on enrollment of the applicant at the University for the corresponding program.
Before starting application let us now your desire to study on USMD program.
Students log in to our website http://sms.tsmu.edu where they have access to all the contents that are vital for the study process. On this website they can also find information about their student status.
Admissions are done according to the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia.
For the citizens of Georgia, the following documents are needed:
- Complete secondary school education certificate
- Certificate of passing the National Exams - for the citizens of Georgia;
- A Unifying National Exams in English, received a rating of not less than 80% +1 of maximum number of points - for the citizens of Georgia
The Citizens of Georgia, Foreign Countries and Citizens who do not have permanent residence having rights of study at accredited program of Accredited Higher Educational Institutions of Georgia without Passing Unified National Examinations:
- Students who have been living abroad during last two or more years and study at higher educational institution recognized by the legislation of that (foreign) country and are willing to transfer from higher educational institution of foreign country to higher educational institution in Georgia.
- Students who have been living abroad during last 2 or more years and studying.
*According to the rule of The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, the students coming from foreign countries are obliged to pass exams in general skills. This new rule only concerns Georgian citizens who live in abroad and want to make a mobility to Georgian institutions.
Georgian citizen applicants are required to pass the National Exams and must have high score (80%+1) in English Language. Non Georgian Citizens with corresponding documentation, should apply to the EQE. After approval from the Ministry, they have right to start the undergraduate course.
All applicants are obliged to undergo interviews in order to determine the knowledge of the program language. The video recording will be uploaded to the University website and will be available to the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia.
For an interview please contact us:
Address: 33, Vazha Pshavela Ave. 4th floor, room # 418
The TSMU has established English language requirements for applicants who are enrolled in English language programs without national exams:
- All applicants are obliged to pass the English Language Knowledge Test at Tbilisi State Medical University.
-Applicants are exempt from passing the above-mentioned English language test, if the following criteria are met:
A) If there are citizens of the English-speaking country (America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) where the school / college / university is in English.
B) Certificate of valid IELTS (> 6.5) or TOEFL (> 90) C)
Application period is open for the whole year for the students who have all the required documents for the program, but study period starts for her/him in September.
Visa procedures can be checked at the official webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia: www.mfa.gov.ge
It is obligatory for the Overseas students to obtain local or international Medical Insurance (packages varies from 7-25 US$ per month) before the commencement of each academic year.
Annual Tuition Fee: 8,000 GEL for Georgian citizens;
13,500 USD for Non-Georgian citizens.
1st year students have to pay the whole amount of the fee till the end of the registration period. As for the students from 2nd to 6th years, they are allowed to divide their tuition fee into two parts. Both installments have to be payed till the end of the registration period.
Please, keep your check after paying tuition fee in case of avoid any misunderstanding.
Like everywhere, living costs in Georgia depend on your personal lifestyle and where you live. Here’s an average monthly budget:
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 151.24 GEL
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 750.00 GEL
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 472.37 GEL
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 GEL
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30.00 GEL
For more information visit the following website: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Tbilisi
We do not provide on-campus accommodation facilities. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to find an apartment for rent in the nearby areas (which are mostly residential).
Once you have been admitted
In order to get a student residence permit, a student may apply to the Public Service Development Agency, Community Centers or Public Service Halls.
For the additional information visit the following website www.sda.gov.ge
For the information about Electronic Temporary Residence Card go to this link:
First go to the USMD administration office, room N504 and write down a statement.
In 2-3 working days visit International Affairs Office, 4th Floor and take your Student's certificate (“Tsnoba”).
For the USMD student card visit USMD administration office, room N504 only after you receive the email that your student card is ready to take.
If you lose students card you can get a new one, but in this case, you should pay for that Visit USMD Administration office room N504 with an offer.
All applicants can apply USMD directly without using agency services. Herewith, we work with number of agent /consultant agencies and accept applications sent by them.
Visit USMD administration office room N504 with an offer.
Students can make a clerkship at Emory University in case of passing USMD STEP 1 successfully. Only for USMD students, clerkships are free from charge. Though, bear in mind that the program doesn’t cover other expanses.
YES. For the information go to the following link: http://usmd.ge/en/page/exchange-programs
USMD program helps students easily overcome USMD exam but of course, passing USMD exam depends on student’s will and it is not mandatory.
USMD program curriculum gives students sufficient knowledge and prepares them so that they can successfully complete all the procedures required for continuing residency in the United States. In the framework of USMD program will also learn how to prepare required documents for residency program application.
USMD Students have a great opportunity to make a research at Emory University.